Design and the Elastic Mind

Design and the Elastic Mind

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In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Minds today must be able to synthesize such transformations, whether they are working across several time zones, travelling between satellite maps and nanoscale images, drowning in information, or acting fast in order to preserve some slow downtime. Design and the Elastic Mind focuses on designers ability to grasp momentous advances in technology, science and social mores and convert them into useful objects and systems. The projects included range from nanodevices to vehicles, appliances to interfaces and building facades, pragmatic solutions for everyday use to provocative ideas meant to influence our future choices. Designed by award-winning book designer Irma Boom, this volume also features essays by Paola Antonelli; design critic and historian Hugh Aldersey- Williams; visualization design expert Peter Hall; and nanophysicist Ted Sargent that further explore the promising relationship between design and science.23 Such rhetoric risks encouraging data-driven rather than story-driven visualizations. ... A map of OneTrees locations, produced with experimental architecture practice Terraswarm, juxtaposes a U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 aerial image of ... They have been looking not at where crimes were committed, as is common, but at the home addresses of the people ... urban planners, designers, and policy makers can identify those areas in our cities where, without acknowledging it, weanbsp;...

Title:Design and the Elastic Mind
Author:Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher:The Museum of Modern Art - 2008


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